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Australian Theatre Legends Come to the Coast in Ensemble Theatre’s WW2 Drama, ‘Diplomacy’

Source: The Art House
Archived 8 Sep 2019 - Posted: 9 Jul 2019
John Bell and John Gaden in DIPLOMACY at Ensemble Theatre, 2018 credit Prudence Upton
After a sell-out season at Kirribilli’s Ensemble Theatre in 2018, Cyril Gély’s award-winning WW2 thriller, Diplomacy, appears at The Art House Wyong this winter for a strictly limited season.

Starring theatre legends John Gaden, and John Bell, Diplomacy transports us to 1944 at the Hôtel Meurice. Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling and German General Dietrich von Choltitz meet in a life and death situation for the city of Paris. On abandoning Paris, Hitler has ordered its destruction. Raoul has one night to persuade the General to leave the landmark city standing. The many twists and turns of their negotiations play out in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Diplomacy is an unmissable chance to see two icons of Australian theatre in a powerful and nail-biting tale of political and historical persuasion. With both an evening performance and a matinee, there’s a chance for all to catch this impressive piece of Australian theatre.

“This perfectly formed play and its players is the stuff that theatres are built for. The risk, the tension, the danger and doubt and the unravelling of our conscience.” Sydney Scoop

“It’s not often that such a stimulating and well-crafted play comes along.” Sydney Arts Guide

“Gaden is nimble as the witty, wily, urbane Nordling, drawing humour and humanity from the unorthodox consul…The power of Diplomacy is a reminder of the fragility of a culture that was so nearly forever lost.” The Sydney Morning Herald

“Watch two veterans of the Australian Theatre, John Bell and John Gaden, duelling in character with a smooth and well-honed confidence and chemistry, fitting each other's character contrasting rhythms and musicalities with expert precision and respectful energies” Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary 

”Any play that showcases the talents of John Bell … and John Gaden is a must-see…Diplomacy is essentially a two-hander performed by two powerhouses of Australian theatre” Sydney Chic


The Art House presents Diplomacy

Dates:
Tuesday August 6 8PM | Wednesday August 7 2PM

Venue:
The Art House, 19 Margaret Street, Wyong

Tickets:
$25 - $42 online or 02 4335 1485

This article archived 8 Sep 2019

 
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